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Rare Meteorological Spectacle Appears in Lhasa

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 01/05/03; May 3, 2001.]

The Times of India, May 2, 2001.

BEIJING: A rare meteorological spectacle has been witnessed in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet as a double aureole appeared in its sky, reports said.

The spectacle surprised both local residents and travellers on the International Labour Day as they saw the sun surrounded by two bright homocentric circles, the official news agency Xinhua reported.

Some pilgrims believe the circles represent the lustre of the Buddha which symbolises millenarianism.

The inner circle had a diameter 20 times that of the sun and the space between the sun and the circle was pitch-black while the outer circle had a diameter about 40 times that of the sun. The space between the inner and the outer circles was deep blue, it said.

The two circles were predominately orange, gradually changing to yellow, green, blue, and white. Like a huge cap covering almost the entire sky over the city.

A Tibetan meteorologist, Purbu Zhoima who has worked in Tibet for several decades said that it was the first time she had seen such a site.

Aureoles around the sun are generally caused by abundant vapour in the air, a high ground surface temperature and strong sunlight. However, the reason behind such a large-scale double aureole is yet to be found out, she said. (PTI)


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